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Course unit
SCL1001333, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2016/17

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
IF0320, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 8.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Chemical Sciences
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge ANDREA SQUARTINI AGR/16

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses AGR/16 Agricultural Microbiology 8.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 1.0 12 13.0 No turn
Laboratory 1.0 16 9.0 No turn
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 2019/20 20/01/2017 30/11/2020 SQUARTINI ANDREA (Presidente)
BASAGLIA MARINA (Membro Effettivo)
GIACOMINI ALESSIO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Advised: General and Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Animal and Plant Biology, Intriduction to Soil Science
Target skills and knowledge: The aim of the course is to provide knowledge about the role of prokaryotes and eukaryotes in ecosystems, and our possibilities for the purposes of production, conservation or rehabilitation.
Examination methods: Capability to demonstrate the comprehension of the contents presented during the course. marks in 30ths
Assessment criteria: Oral exam
Course unit contents: Morphology and structure of organisms. Microbial genetics. Systematics of prokaryotes, meaning and limits of the definition of microbial species. Taxonomic analysis by molecular methods. Molecular phylogeny. Cultivation of microorganisms and growth curves. Relationship between organisms and the environment. Soil, water, atmosphere, and extreme environments. Methods of study in natural environments and microbiodiversity. Study of viable but non-culturable microorganisms (VBNC). Placement, integration, and effects of microbial activity on the evolution of the environment and on its stability. Microbiology of extreme environments. Microbial physiology and differences in energy metabolism. Biogeochemical cycles of the elements. Carbon: photosynthesis and chemosynthesis, mineralization of organic matter. Nitrogen fixation, symbiotic and free-living, nitrification, denitrification. Phosphorus: microbial solubilization mycorrhizae. Sulphur: immobilization and bacterial solubilization. Iron siderophores and mineral nutrition. Plant-microorganism interactions, rhizosphere, soil differences between natural and cultivated soils. Microbiology of forest and prairie. Examples of practical studies of communities in natural environments. Use of bacteria as bio-fertilizers and biological control agents. Bacterial PGPR (plant-growth Promoting rhizobacteria), inoculants for the productivity of cultivated plants. Application of nitrogen-fixing microorganisms, biocontrol agents for the defense against diseases of plants, microbial biopesticides. Micorrhizal helper bacteria. Microbes for energy production. Construction and release of genetically modified organisms. Biotechnological, regulatory and ethical issues. Application for the recycling of microbial biomass, microbial interventions in bioremediation of pollution in aquatic and terrestrial environments. Microbial resistance to heavy metals. Environmental decontamination by microbiological halogen-organic pesticides, oils, plastics and other organic compounds to slow degradation.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures, laboratory exercises, exercises in the environment, excursions and visits.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Power point files of the material presented in the classes available online
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Madigan, Martinko, Bender, Buckley, Stahl, Brock - Biologia dei Microrganismi.. --: Pearson, 2016. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Questioning

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
No Poverty Zero Hunger Good Health and Well-Being Quality Education Gender Equality Clean Water and Sanitation Affordable and Clean Energy Responsible Consumption and Production Climate Action Life Below Water Life on Land Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions